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The History Behind Lions International


Melvin Jones was born on January 13, 1879 in Fort Thomas, Arizona. He was the son of a United States Army Captain
who commanded a troop of scouts. Melvin Jones - Lions InternationalHis father was later transferred and the family moved east.

As a young man, Melvin Jones made his home in Chicago, Illinois. He became associated with an insurance firm,
and in 1913, he formed his own agency.


He soon joined The Business Circle, a businessmen's luncheon group, and was elected Secretary shortly after.
This group was one of many at that time, that was devoted solely to promoting the financial interests
of their members. Because of their limited appeal, they were destined to disappear.

Melvin Jones, then a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, had other plans.


"What if these men," Melvin Jones asked, "who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition,
were to put their talents to work improving their communities?" Thus, at his invitation, delegates from other men's clubs
met in Chicago to lay the groundwork for such an organization. On June 7, 1917, Lions International was born.



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